updated 1:42 PM MDT, Jun 27, 2017

Syria arms inspectors face unprecedented danger: UN

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations warned Monday that inspectors face a year-long mission of unprecedented danger in trying to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, as rebels launched a major offensive.

In a report to the UN Security Council seen by AFP, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it would take 100 foreign experts to complete "an operation the likes of which, quite simply, has never been tried before."

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Syria weapons destruction starts

International inspectors began destroying Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons and the machinery used to create it, a United Nations official said on Sunday.

The inspectors racing against a tight deadline aiming to eliminate president Bashar Assad's chemical weapons programme within nine months.

The move kicks off the ambitious programme, prompted by a chemical weapons attack in mid-August that killed hundreds of civilians on the outskirts of Damascus and brought a rare consensus at the UN.

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Assad: One year needed to destroy weapons

Syrian president Bashar Assad said a United Nations report finding "clear and convincing evidence" that sarin nerve gas was used in Syria painted an "unrealistic" account, and he denied his government orchestrated the attack.

In an interview with Fox News Channel conducted in the Syrian capital of Damascus and aired on Wednesday, Assad said terrorists were to blame for the chemical attack, which the US says killed more than 1,400 people, including hundreds of children. He said evidence that terrorist groups have used sarin gas has been turned over to Russia and that Russia, through one of its satellites, has evidence that the rockets in the August 21 attack were launched from another area.

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Syria Assad 'must be held to account'

Foreign Secretary William Hague insists the world must hold Syria to account if the Assad regime fails to comply with an international proposal to destroy its chemical weapons.

Mr Hague said the UK's first priority was to secure prompt action at the UN Security Council that enshrines in a resolution the Syrian regime's responsibility to hand over its chemical weapons stocks.

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  • Category: Middle East